I begin this post with a shocking outfit. No, it’s not the sweater and jeans, that’s pretty standard. But if you look closely at exhibit B, I am wearing, yes, actually wearing, practical shoes. Audience, please calm down!! I bought a pair of hiking boots on sale on Black Friday, mostly to please my mom, who’s been begging me to buy a pair since I first said, “I’m going on a walk.” I’m a staunch… View Post

12 cans of watermelon sparkling water, to be used as a mixer when appropriate. 1 quart of chocolate milk, because I forgot it existed until I saw it in the milk aisle. 1 quart of almond milk that will do once all the chocolate milk is gone. 1 loaf of bread. 1 bag of string cheese sticks. No coffee so I have an excuse to leave the house, at least once. 1 bag of chips,… View Post

Driving to school today, on my last first day of school ever (barring a possible grad school effort), I had to focus so much on not sliding off the road or spinning into another car that I didn’t even have time to get nostalgic. My flight from Ecuador arrived last evening, and prior to its arrival, I had to focus so much on not dying in a plane crash or something that I didn’t even… View Post

And just like that, two weeks of pictures, drinks, food, tanning, reading, stress, tears, smiles, calories, strained language barriers, bickering, dollar coins, atm withdrawals, texts, tweets, sunscreen, sunburn, hammock swinging, sweat, key fumbling, showers, packing, walking, hiking, music, panic, political conversations, people watching, street shopping, complaining, flying, obsessively checking for belongings, telling people we’re from Buffalo, NY where yes, it’s snowing, homesickness, FaceTime calls and mojitos later, we’re on our way home. I’ll remember everything… View Post

Traveling is supposed to change you. There’s a pressure to it, even. You’re expected to come back different. All everyone asks you about when they see you is, “how was it!?” and “tell me a story!” Several days into my first big girl trip, I did not feel any different. I felt tired and excited and tired from being so excited, and,most annoyingly, a looming pressure to make the most of all of this. This… View Post